Yuki Bhambri loses singles quarters, reaches doubles final
Yuki Bhambri’s singles run ended at the Karshi Challenger following a straight-set defeat but the Indian youngster earned himself a shot at his first doubles title of the season, here on Thursday.
Taking court for the singles, Yuki struggled to cope with the windy conditions and lost 1-6 3-6 to top seeded Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili in mere 65 minutes.
However, later he and his Spanish partner Adrian Menendez-Maceiras rallied to win the doubles semifinal 3-6 6-3 10-7 against Evgeny Donskoy and Matthew Ebden.
Yuki has won four ATP Challenger titles so far. Last year, he won two titles, and one each in 2012 and 2013.
Talking about his singles match, Yuki said it was “ugly tennis” on display. “The conditions were very difficult. It was very windy and I could not adjust. I could not do much, he was very solid. It was ugly tennis and he played points better. I was trying to put the ball on court but was not able to hit through because it was so difficult to control the ball,” the 22-year-old said.
In the doubles match, after losing the first set, Yuki and Menendez-Maceiras managed to break the rivals in the sixth game when Yuki’s forehand won them the breakpoint.
Menendez-Maceiras then played a solid hold game for a 4-2 lead. Yuki returned to serve out the set and after trailing 15-30 they reeled off three straight points to stretch the match to the Super tie-break.